I'm Elise, it's great to meet you...
I’m a proud resident of Natick, who is mom to triplet sixth-grade daughters. I grew up in a small town in British Columbia, Canada surrounded by lumber mills and cattle ranches. After graduating from university, a job brought me to the Boston area, which I liked so much that I never left. Currently, I lead teams of scientists overseeing patient safety for clinical drug trials.
I began to follow Natick Public school issues back when my family moved here in 2014, enrolling our daughters in Natick preschool. I heard concerns from other parents about elementary school crowding, budget constraints, and difficulties with special education services. My very first School Committee meeting public comment was sharing my concerns about projected kindergarten class sizes, and I’ve been a passionate follower of all these issues ever since.
I’ve learned a great deal about how our schools operate, and the budget and revenue challenges Natick faces. I’ve come to appreciate the Committee’s crucial role in setting educational goals and expectations for our schools and ensuring that they are reflected in both the district’s strategic plan and budget. I have great respect for the current committee members and would be honored to join them in their work to make Natick schools the best they can be.
It’s been my privilege to volunteer in a number of capacities for our town and schools over the past eight years:
Co-chair of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
Town Meeting member since 2018
Two-term parent representative to the Lilja School Council
Member of the 2017 Lilja principal interview committee
Host of a parent book group for the NPS Social-Emotional learning initiative
Volunteer with Your Town, Your Schools initiative to inform voters about the ballot initiative to fund the new Kennedy Middle School.
Natick’s representative – selected by the School Committee – for Senator Spilka’s annual Social Emotional Learning Forum in 2017, which provided insights into how other school districts handle this important topic.
I invite you check out my Priorities page and learn more about why I would like to be elected to the School Committee and what my priorities would be. And, importantly, I want to hear from you! What are your priorities for Natick Public School students?